04 March 2011

Easy Glove Tutorial

This is a tutorial for anyone afraid of sewing costume gloves for the first time or just looking for a fast, easy way to make gloves that don't need to be so seam-intensive. This tutorial is not the best way to make gloves, just the fastest. I use this method in a lot of costumes and think the simplicity lends itself just fine to comic characters. Best fabrics to use are 4-way stretch knits (spandex, vinyl), definately not wovens.


Did I say easy? Yes, I meant it.
1. Trace your hand onto some paper.
Do yourself a favor and spread them out a bit more than I did in the picture below, you'll want a bit more room than that. After tracing it, draw around that line a bit wider, you are 3-dimensional after all.

Here I didn't want a seam on the outside of my wrist so I adjusted the pattern so it could be cut on the fold. This is entirely optional, but if you want to do it, just slash at the wrist and move the paper until you achieve a straight line, then tape it down.

2. Cut a large rectangle of fabric. Cut 2 for each glove, one if you are using the modified pattern.
3. Iron-on tear-away! That stuff I use in every stretch tutorial. Iron it onto the wrong side of each piece of fabric. Put your fabric together, right sides facing, sandwiched in between the tear away.
4. Trace pattern onto the tear away with a pencil.
5. Sew on the line. Don't close the wrist.

6. Peel off all the tear-away!
7. Trim the rectangle of fabric into small seam allowance along the sewn line.

Reminder: spread your fingers open more than I did in the picture! Why? These are vinyl and do not stretch as much as spandex, but even still you want to give yourself a bit more room & not cut off circulation to your fingers.

I've had some problems with vinyl gloves tearing at seams so I stabilize the areas under the most pressure with some fabric glue. This doesn't happen as much in spandex, as long as you aren't too careless with your gloves.

The gloves I am making here have claws, so I cut foam "nails" and glued it into the gloves.

Final step: turn them right-side out, using patience & a pencil or something :)

Just needs a red lantern ring.

Might remake these & take new pictures with a better pattern, they did end up too snug. I used the same technique, but better fitting pattern, for Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Terra, Ice, Catwoman (claws!), and Joker.


  1. Great tutorial. I've been making gloves for a while, but today was my first time for vinyl and I'm glad I saved this to use as a guide. ^^

  2. Thank you! This helped me make my first pair of gloves! Great advice! :)

  3. Oh thanks allot, this is my first time to see how to make a gloves. Now i will try this.

  4. Woo-hoo! I was looking for a tutorial on clawed gloves for my Catwoman costume! This is purrrfect! Thanks a bunch! :D

  5. Hi, I wanted to ask, what did you make the nails out of? What kind of foam?

  6. @Zero just "foamies" foam sheets from my local craft store.. they are like 99 cents for a big sheet

  7. I love this tutorial! Thanks for making it! It was super helpful for a costume I'm working on - here are the gloves I made for it: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=668021356557842&l=dbad682dcb

  8. Booster Gold was literally what I needed this for!

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  12. Great tutorial.
    I just love the RED Leather Gloves .